When researching about this rock, I found out that Australia is one of the most special places on earth. It has all the aspects of the world within its borders. It has the amazing wildlife found in Africa, It has the good weather found in the Caribbean, it has the great views of the American Prairies, It has the whales of the Arctic Circle and of course, the snow of Europe.
Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru is a sandstone rock formation located on the southern tip of Central Australia, about 450 kilometers southwest of Alice Springs. The following are some facts about the rock.
1. The rock was named by William Gosse in 1873 after Sir Henry Ayers. However, Uluru is the aboriginal name and thus its official name.
2. The rock was formed some 600 million years ago and it previously sat at the sea bed. Today, it is on top of the ground, some 348 meters.
3. 2.5 kilometers of the rock is located beneath the ground.
4. The rock measures about 3.6kms long and 1.9kms wide and contrary to popular belief, it is not the world’s largest monolith. That tag goes to Mount Augustus in Western Australia.
5. The Ayers Rock is located in Australia's Simpson Desert, a few minutes’ drive from Australia's Red Center.
6. Most of the Aborigines of Central Australia consider Uluru a sacred ground. The Ancestral owners of the land on which the rock stand - the Anangu tribe - has conducted their prayers on the site for many years.
7. Believe it or not, climbers of the rock who disrespected the Aboriginal Culture and went ahead and climbed it died. To date, some 37 climbers have died while attempting to climb the rock.
8. A tour in the park costs $25 per adult. Kids do not pay. The tour will last 3 days.
9. The Ayers Rock was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
10. The rock stands about 348 meters above sea level - 28 meters more than the Eiffel Tower.
The Uluru is one of the geographical areas that define the Australian Aborigines' culture. If you want to learn more about them, then The Ayers Rock is a good place to kick off the study.